Here are my five items:
- Limits no longer apply (Ende aller Streckenverbote): A streetsign signaling the end of all speed- and other limits, announcing Autobahn freedom. The greatest thing about Germany whatsoever.
- Garden dwarfs (Gartenzwerge): Are little figures of clay (or plastic) one finds between tomatoes or primroses, typically in front gardens and allotments. The little guys, usually wearing red caps and engaging in some sort of outdoor work like digging or sowing seeds, are the highlights of German neatness.
- Fachwerk: If you've seen any pictures from Germany you've seen Fachwerk. It's a way of constructing houses in which a skeleton of wooden beams is later filled in with bricks or some sort of bond. It was very popular until the 19th century. Most old city centers in Germany still feature these houses.
- Bread with a hard crust: Even after more than five years it's a mystery how somebody can eat, not to mention make, these wiggly wobbly bakeries one finds in the rest of the world.
- Bandwurmwörter: Nouns created by joining several words, a peculiarity of the German language. Donaudampfschiffkapitän, Schleifenquantengravitation, Rhabarberbarbarabarbarenbar.
German beer, Reinheitsgebot: 7
Currywurst, Bratwurst, Sausages: 6
Mechanical engineering,Well-built car (& plane) engines, Technology: 4
Rules, Norms and regulations: 3
Autobahn, no speed limits, speeding: 3
Physics discoveries, Quantum Mechanics: 3
Train system, good trains: 2
Cars and trucks (MB, BMW): 2
Fussball, Soccer: 2
Romanticism: In music, literature and philosophy
Unheimlichen und ratselhaften Charakter (uncanny, enigmatic character)
Close and open face-to-face social life among 600 year old buildings
Missing the Deutschemark
Going on vacation
Hyper-low levels of nationalism
Second World War
Competence (whataver the nature of the activity involved)
Zukunftsangst: looking fearfully into the future especially in times when everything is going smoothly, but feeling the better the harder it gets.
Resilience: the ability to withstand catastrophes on a national level and come out of it better than before.
Compulsive efficiency: (at least in old school professionals) - if you want to torture a German, just make him look at a complete moron messing around with something he could do way better.
Winning on penalties
Nur mit Parkschein
Kaffee und Kuchen (and Konditorei, where the rite is celebrated)
Arschkalt (weather in Germany)